F1: Mercedes to start search for driver on Monday, says Toto Wolff

Updated: Dec 04, 2016, 11:10 IST | PA Sport |

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team will begin their search for his new teammate on Monday after Nico Rosberg sensationally announced he is quitting Formula One

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff

London: Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team will begin their search for his new teammate on Monday after Nico Rosberg sensationally announced he is quitting Formula One.

Rosberg, who was crowned the sport's new champion only six days ago in Abu Dhabi, stunned the sporting world on Friday after revealing he is to retire with immediate effect.

Rosberg's jaw-dropping move leaves Mercedes, the sport's all-conquering team who have won 51 of the last 59 races, with a vacancy for 2017.

At this stage, it is unclear who Mercedes will choose to partner Hamilton, although they insist they are in no rush to reach a decision.

"Now we have to consider all options, but it will be very hard to replace him," Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said. "We will start to look at this on Monday.

"For the team, this is an unexpected situation but also an exciting one. We are going into a new era of technical regulations and there is a free Mercedes cockpit for the seasons ahead. We will take the necessary time to evaluate our options and then find the right path for our future," Wolff added.

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